July 2007 Christian Working Mom Interview
Welcome
CWM Bible Study Has Moved
CWM Blog
Interview
Welcome

Thanks so much for all of you who were willing to be interviewed. Thanks Dawn for helping out this month. If I sent you the interview questions, feel free to send them anytime. We have enough for several months. You all are great. Welcome to all the new CWM’s that have joined us. The CWM community is a warm, welcoming group. I know I have said this before, but I love knowing we are sisters in Christ from all over the world supporting one another. The body of Christ is beautiful.

CWM Bible Study Has Moved

I wanted to let everyone know the CWM Bible Study has moved. I was spending an enormous amount of time deleting porn posts on our old forum. The CWM Bible Study is now at http://cwmbiblestudy.blogspot.com.
This is separate from the CWM Blog. All 6 lessons are posted. The most recent lesson is posted first. So, feel free to come and makes comments on the study. We can all learn from one another.

CWM Blog

We have had some real good discussions on the Blog here lately. CWM’s have shared prayer requests and work concerns. One of the questions posted right now is about advice for new CWM’s. All of us have been there so come share your wisdom. Also, I just posted a question about finding modest clothes for girls. My daughter is a preteen soon to be teenager and shopping can be a really frustrating experience. So, please share where you shop or any helpful ideas. The CWM Blog is located at http://christianworkingmoms.blogspot.com.

Related to the modesty question, there is an excellent book called The Secret Keeper, The Delicate Power of Modesty by Dannah Gresh. This book is great at explaining to girls the reasons for modesty. My daughter and I read this book together a year or two ago and she still remembers some of the principles in the book. You can read more about this book by clicking here.

Interview

Dawn is a married 32 year old CWM who lives in the US. She has a stepson age 13, a daughter, age 7, and a son age 3. Dawn is the Assistant Supervisor, Florida Master Site File, Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, and Florida Department of State. (Sounds like an interesting job).

Dawn shares the following joys being a Christian Working Mom: I get to watch my children grow into individuals, and show them what it means to live for them and for God through example. They can see that not only am I their Mom, but I am also another person at work, which is something people who classify themselves as “just moms” don’t have.

Dawn says the struggles in being a Christian Working Mom are: Not enough time with my husband, kids, and dog. It is next to impossible to get the housework done. My daughter complains that I don’t attend enough of her school functions.

Dawn’s favorite Bible verse is: “But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

Dawn says God is teaching me patience and how to not be judgmental or envious. It is hard, as people in this world, even in the same family, are so very different. I get very little encouragement or compassion, and therefore, I have a hard time giving it. But, I try unceasingly. Also, He is teaching me that I can’t do it all by myself. I have to rely on others (my husband and kids) to keep my household going. This is a very hard lesson.

Dawn offers the following words of encouragement for other Christian Working Moms: Hang in there. There is nothing more satisfying that talking to a teenage son about what you do, and for that moment, they don’t know everything. Also, I have had to learn to let things go, like cleaning the bathrooms every week. Skip a week. Your family will thank you for the time you’ve spent with them, and it won’t hurt you a bit. Don’t let the guilt get to you. If you can look back when your kids are adults and say “I did the best I could,” then you’ll have few regrets.

Dawn also wants to add thank you for providing a forum for POSITIVE communication and REALISTIC issues faced by our specific group. It has helped me a lot when going through hard times.

CWM’s you have no idea how your presence or words on the blog or through this community can help other women. Just like Dawn mentioned. You are not alone. Dawn also thanks for giving us “permission” to not clean the bathrooms every week. I doubt that any of us enjoy that task.

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. You can find more information at www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.